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We may be entering the Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end to summer, but Maroon 5 and SZA are doing their part to keep the warm weather and good times rolling. Dropping today, Maroon 5 are the latest artists to declare their love for SZA, scoring a coveted guest spot from MTV VMA Best New Artist nominee, who is enjoying a huge breakthrough year following the release of her debut studio album Ctrl in June.
On “What Lovers Do,” Maroon 5 continue to explore hip hop and EDM, with the funky backtrack the perfect compliment to lead singer Adam Levine and SZA’s perfectly complementary back and forth on love.
Considering Maroon 5’s impressive track record of dominating the charts, especially when it comes to teaming up with female vocalists (“Moves Like Jagger” anyone?), the new single “What Lovers Do” will likely be the catalyst that propels SZA from exciting new artist to a household name by the end of the year.
Maroon 5 issued a press release for the new single today, promising a video in the near future that is described as a ‘larger-than-life cinematic affair.’ The band uploaded a 30 second black and white video showing rehearsal footage of “What Lovers Do” earlier this week, but unfortunately SZA was absent.
We have a feeling that following Levine’s Twitter tirade against Sunday’s MTV VMAs, the band probably shouldn’t hold their breath for a nomination for “What Lovers Do.”
In 2016, Maroon 5 dropped “Don’t Want To Know” with Kendrick Lamar, and again melded hip hop and pop earlier this year with Future on their single “Cold.”
The group have yet to announce the name of their upcoming sixth album, which is set to be released sometime in November. The new album will be the band’s first since 2014’s V, which featured the singles “Maps,” “Animals” and “Sugar.”